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    Massacre In Dinosaur Valley (Michele Massimo Tarantini, 1985) DVD Review:
    https://deadshed.blogspot.co.uk/2018...y-michele.html

    The Italian cannibal movie cycle seemingly died a spectacular death in 1981 with Umberto Lenzi's savage "Cannibal Ferox", but there was still some life in the genre yet, with added subtext relating to colonialism and American masculinity...
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    Quote Originally Posted by MinionZombie View Post
    Blade Runner 2049
    https://deadshed.blogspot.co.uk/2018...trons-and.html

    Plus a bit of a rant about identity politics.
    Thoroughly enjoyed this review and fully agree with your thoughts. I personally canít inagine a world where a more fitting and pleasing sequel to Blade Runner exists. Everything about this belated sequel hit the right beats. Even with the film still being ďnewĒ at this point, Iíve enjoyed multiple viewings, each one as deeply mesmerizing as the last. Itís a damn shame this film wasnít better received in the cinema, because for my money, it is an extremely rare example of a perfect sequel.

    That being said, I hadnít heard of the negative reactions to the female characters until your review. As you pointed out, those complaints seem to be knee jerk reactions from those groups purposely looking for ways to stir the pot while missing certain aspects of those characters because of their negative agenda.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bassman View Post
    That being said, I hadnít heard of the negative reactions to the female characters until your review. As you pointed out, those complaints seem to be knee jerk reactions from those groups purposely looking for ways to stir the pot while missing certain aspects of those characters because of their negative agenda.
    Likely a small minority of folks - and folks already predisposed to not liking it, or folks who go into a film with preconceptions and the aim of being offended by something because it doesn't tick a series of safe space boxes etc etc etc.

    So I ended up ranting at length about something that was most likely akin to those 'and the whole internet is outraged' clickbait articles that you see online and it's actually three nobodies on fucking Twitter of all places ... but that kind of bullshit pisses me off, so it was nice to vent.

    Anyway - the movie itself - I'm yet to re-watch it, but it's been lingering in my mind ever since. It's perhaps just a smidge overlong and perhaps takes it's a smidge too seriously (like it's in awe of the original film's legacy), but that's only a very slight criticism against an overwhelmingly top notch film.

    It was interesting seeing some go on about how poorly it did at the box office, but seeing as the first movie bombed at the box office in the summer of '82 (much like JC's "The Thing" - now also considered a stone cold classic of cinema) it's not that surprising that it didn't set the box office alight this time. The audience to which it was most appealing was likely older, and therefore it's trickier to get them to turn up at the cinema due to their various life commitments, the difficulty in getting a group of friends together after a certain age, as well as the generally shite nature of most multiplex cinemas these days.

    Speaking of which, if Hollywood wants more bums on seats in cinemas then cheaper ticket prices would help for one, but improved cinema-going experiences would also help a hell of a lot (i.e. ushers, staff who have enough intelligence to perform simple tasks like turning the lights off, staff who move faster than a necrotic snail, ticket machines that work, PSAs to encourage a culture of respectful audience engagement - so you don't end up with some moron barking their asinine commentary at the screen like when I went to see The Last Jedi) and a whole bunch of other things on top of that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bassman View Post
    Thoroughly enjoyed this review and fully agree with your thoughts. I personally can’t inagine a world where a more fitting and pleasing sequel to Blade Runner exists. Everything about this belated sequel hit the right beats. Even with the film still being “new” at this point, I’ve enjoyed multiple viewings, each one as deeply mesmerizing as the last. It’s a damn shame this film wasn’t better received in the cinema, because for my money, it is an extremely rare example of a perfect sequel.

    That being said, I hadn’t heard of the negative reactions to the female characters until your review. As you pointed out, those complaints seem to be knee jerk reactions from those groups purposely looking for ways to stir the pot while missing certain aspects of those characters because of their negative agenda.
    Thought it was great.

    And as someone who thought the idea of Deckard being a replicant was one of the dumbest things Scott could retcon into the film, I was very pleased that Villeneuve didn't cement the idea that he was.

    I've only seen it once, but it was an extremely enjoyable film. Probably will return to it soon enough. Pity it didn't do well at the BO. Or maybe it it's not. The story is over, we really don't need another sequel and I feel they were trying to set something up with the Replicant underground.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shootemindehead View Post
    Thought it was great.

    And as someone who thought the idea of Deckard being a replicant was one of the dumbest things Scott could retcon into the film, I was very pleased that Villeneuve didn't cement the idea that he was.

    I've only seen it once, but it was an extremely enjoyable film. Probably will return to it soon enough. Pity it didn't do well at the BO. Or maybe it it's not. The story is over, we really don't need another sequel and I feel they were trying to set something up with the Replicant underground.
    IIRC, from what I've read, there were indeed hopes and early ideas for a third film in the event that 2049 did boffo box office. Like you, I think it might be best to leave it as two superb films and not push our luck.

    There was definitely something more being set up with the underground resistance, aye, I felt that too.

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